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Saving Libraries: It’s a Critical Time for Funding Legislation
by Corilee Christou
According to ALA, there are nearly 17,000 libraries nationwide totaling more than 210 million square feet, and the average U.S. public library building is more than 40 years old. Congress has not provided dedicated funding for library facilities since 1997. Insufficient capital funding has made it difficult for libraries to make improvements to their facilities, and President Joe Biden's new infrastructure plan does not include any funding for libraries. Budget cuts are also pending for public libraries in New York City, Ohio, Kentucky, and Maine.

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Exact Editions Aggregates Articles on Climate Change for Free Resource
In collaboration with more than 50 of its publisher partners, Exact Editions introduced a freely accessible Climate Crisis resource page that features nearly 150 articles from digital issues that are typically available only via subscription.
EveryLibrary Shares the Tangible ROI of the Public Library
Oleg Kagan writes the following in "The Return-on-Investment From Your Public Library Is Unbelievable!" from EveryLibrary's Medium account: "Wise investors know a good deal when they see it, which is why so many people who are smart and rich love their public library. It's simple, really, if you consider what the average U.S. household pays for library services (~$7.50/month) and put that next to a public library's vast offerings, the point is obvious."
Andy Serkis Lends His Voice to New Lord of the Rings Audiobooks
RBmedia's Recorded Books, after tapping actor and director Andy Serkis to record a bestselling audiobook version of The Hobbit, is bringing him back for J.R.R. Tolkien's full Lord of the Rings trilogy.
A Defense of the Internet Archive
On the IFLA-L group email list, Marie Lebert shared the English translation of an article she wrote in [a] French journal ... titled "A Senseless Lawsuit: 'The Internet Archive Has a Heart, and Knows How to Use It.'"
Ex Libris and Lean Library Join Forces for Better Discovery and Searching
SAGE's Lean Library teamed up with Ex Libris to allow "users to query their library's Primo or Summon service from wherever they start their search online, on sites such as Google, Google Scholar or Wikipedia."

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EDI Perspectives, Part 1
by Gwen M. Gregory
Gwen M. Gregory, associate dean for collections management at Northern Illinois University's Founders Memorial Library, is writing a new column for Information Today that explores issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI, sometimes referred to as DEI) in the information industry. Here's a look at her columns from March 2021 to July/August 2021.

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